Many people are spending this Labor Day weekend outdoors camping. Wilmington camping managers say it is a family tradition that does not seem to lose popularity, despite the state of the economy. Travis Snyder has been camping with his family for as long as he can remember. “It's fun you get to do the camp fires and the marshmallows and the smores, and the swimming and the fishing, kayaking,” said Snyder. Travis did not have to travel far for his holiday retreat, he lives in Wilmington, but his family drove four hours to visit and spend their vacation together. “I'd rather be doing nothing else. I think the most important thing is spending time with the family,” said Snyder. Snyder said the price is also a plus. His family will be spending $500 during their four day trip on travel, camping fees, entertainment and food. “You still save a lot more than staying at a hotel. What hotel is going to let you put up a camp fire out front and do some smores? You know, they're just not going to do it,” said Snyder. Wilmington camping managers say many people agree with Travis and despite the sluggish economy, the camp ground's numbers have not changed, with almost 30,000 campers staying each year. Managers say the only difference is where they are from and they believe the gas prices may be forcing vacationers to stay closer to home. Camp Manager, Danielle Akey said, “We have seen an increase in the amount of locals that have come to stay with us within a four hour radius, they're not coming from as far." Campers are also spending longer trips at one site, instead of driving from camp ground to camp ground. To stay at the Wilmington Camp Ground it can cost between $30 per night for a tent site and $125 a night to stay in a lodge. One camper we spoke with says she loves camping but says there are some cons; you still have to make your own bed, clean and cook.
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